This video is a quick overview of the process:
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
- Wood Veneer - Make sure you're getting an untreated wood that is NOT paper backed. Stick with common types of wood - maple, walnut, cherry, etc. It's even better if it's a tree that grows something you eat (like the ones I just listed.) Some exotic wood species have naturally occurring chemicals that you don't really want to consume.
- Wood Glue - Make absolutely sure that the label says it is approved for food contact (indirect food contact is fine.)
- Waxed Paper - It's handy in the gluing process to prevent things sticking where they don't belong.
- Parchment Paper - Use this when you actually bake something in your dish - the finished product isn't water (or batter) tight and you may not want food touching it directly anyway.
- Scissors and/or a Utility Knife - Cut the wood veneer with this. Make sure you have lots of blades if you're using a utility knife.
- Clamps - Find all the small clamps you own before you start.
- Masking Tape - Keep everything in place.
- Clean Brushes - You'll need a brush for water and a brush for glue.
- Small Container - You'll need some water handy for the bending part of the process. Any clean little jar will get this done.